Mission4Mike nonprofit hosts coed softball tournament

July 4 Softball Classic is all day July 1 at Houston Sportsplex

Last April, the Stafford Municipal School District lost 26-year old coach and bilingual teacher Michael Mesa from a heart attack as baseball season ended. The Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association voted him Coach of the Year for District 28-4A only days before he passed.

Stafford alumni and peers of Coach Mesa learned about his final request for renovations to the school’s field, which included $6,000 worth of supplies. Almost immediately after the tragedy, the community rallied together at a baseball event to fundraise with ticket sales, silent auction and raffle items.

By October 2016 Mission4Mike was founded.

“People ask all the time what our organization is for and it’s more than just baseball. We want to show that through kindness and generosity, a program can not only be improved, but lives are changed positively,” said Chair Jo Anne Felonia.

The organization will host its next event at Houston Sportsplex over Fourth of July weekend. It is a family friendly event featuring new pavilions, a DJ, face painting and silent auction/raffle to include autographed items and tickets from Round Rock Express, Houston Astros and Sugar Land Skeeters.

All patrons are welcome to come watch for a $5 gate fee payable to HSP. Concessions will be available during event.

Since Mission4Mike’s formation, some renovations have already been made to the Stafford High School field, including netting and a brick wall behind the pitcher’s mound. These improvements have been in the works since the end of last season. M4M hopes to use any additional funds for scholarships.

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